Universal Scientific Communication Standards
Universal Scientific Communications Standards (USCS) are the set of regulations governing how researchers in any discipline should communicate their research, experiments, results, and conclusions to the rest of the interstellar scientific community.
There are are wide range of lifeforms engaged in scientific inquiry. Scientific inquiry in generally more productive and accurate when teams of researchers can clearly communicate with each other. The Universal Scientific Communication Standards were made as a kind of epistemological meeting point, a paradigm capable of explaining any concept that could be expressed. A civilization’s research community need reach the point of being able to meet the USCS to either consume or contribute research made that way, and that is not an easy feat given the current standards. The benefits of doing so are so immense, though.
For as long as there has been interstellar contact between civilizations, scientists and researchers have sought to communicate with their opposite numbers in other civilizations. Early on in a civilization’s timeline, they usually generate a unique method of communicating with each other community they encounter. This strategy, though, breaks down quickly once they realize the sheer number of civilizations in their local volume.
Almost every civilization has come to the conclusion that some standard is necessary for all to communicate with each other, and a number of standards have been proposed. The USCS is currently the dominant form, with nearly 78% of all known published research being submitted in a USCS-compliant format.
The full USCS is almost impossible to lay out in any one place, as each discipline has its own axioms and standards, but all standards follow a few basic rules.
The USCS has at its base the Core Postulates -- the irreducible fundamental assumptions that all other research is built off of. At the time of this writing, there are 476 (Forum Algorithmique du Brouillard v2938.aa2/1). All research written in USCS must state what version of the Core Postulates it is using, and must express all the concepts pertinent to its research in terms of those postulates.
Most fields of study have the Field Definitions -- derivations of the Core Postulates into concepts most pertinent to their field. Researchers save immeasurable amounts of writing simply by stating they are taking a particular version of their Field Definitions as given.
Results and conclusions of papers must be expressed as supporting or opposing a particular relationship between concepts expressed via these postulates. One a relationship is adequately established, it is often inducted into it’s field’s Field Definitions. These relationships can be given empirically or through formal logic, depending on the nature of the field being studied.
In addition, some Fields have Field Postulates, which are concepts that are necessary for the field, but have not been tied back to the Core Postulates yet. Further research usually either finds a path to express the Field Postulate as a combination of Core Postulates, or, in rare cases, the community finds there’s no way to do so and the Field Postulate is inducted into the Core Postulates collection.
The basic example taught since the early days of the USCS has to do with natural mathematics, one of the first concepts most spacefaring civilizations encountered. Numbers are, of course, not a core postulate and never have been, but in the earliest versions of the Core Posulates, sets where. So the core postulates
A set contains zero or elements. An element in a set may be another set.
The Mathematics Field Definitions would contain a statement that:
- The set that contains no elements can be called the originating set.
- The set that contains only the set called zero can be called the following set.
- The set that contains only a following set can be another following set.
- Sets defined as following sets in this manner can be considered to be in a consecutive relationship and assigned labels to refer to each element of the set as follows…
The Mathematics Field Definitions now contains the concept of a number line, which is then used is other Field Definitions or theories.
Research within the USCS is typically categorized into four categories:
- Research that supports or opposes a relationship between Field Definitions or Posulates.
- Research that defines Field Postulates in terms of Core Postulates.
- Research that defines Core Postulates in terms of other Core Postulates (reducing the number of Core Postulates)
- Research that introduces new Field Postulates from observation.
Adherence to USCS is a relatively late-stage addition to a civilization’s entry into the interstellar community. It usually takes a few generations of researchers before it is fully adopted by a new entrant’s scientific community. There have been a few attempts to get the basic concepts of the standards planted in fledgling spacefaring civilizations, but they have not met with widespread success. For example, the Karvassian Buoys dioramas are ordered in a way consistent with the Temporal Logic Field Definitions of the USCS , but the buoy’s missions has been so unsuccessful it is difficult to determine if there was any effect on the target civilizations at all.
At present no single organization maintains the single repository of current Core Postulates and Field Definitions, so most universities maintain their own lists. Although these generally change together, it is critically important for all publications to state what version of each they are using, and where that version derives from.